Ancient Philosophy at Yale

At Yale, we have a large and active research community in ancient philosophy, including three faculty specialists in the Philosophy and Classics departments and three faculty members in other departments with expertise on ancient philosophy and related areas of research. Taken together, these professors specialize in all major periods of ancient philosophy (Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic Philosophy, later ancient philosophy (especially the Aristotelian commentary tradition) and all major areas of ancient philosophy (such as logic, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, ethics, philosophy of religion).

Yale’s Philosophy Department is known for its strength in the history of philosophy as well as for its long tradition of successful integration of history of philosophy and systematic philosophy. Such integration is exemplified by the fact that a large number of its faculty teach and pursue research in both areas.

In any one year, Yale typically hosts several talks in ancient philosophy given by distinguished ancient philosophers from all over the world, sponsored by the Departments of Classics and Philosophy or by our very active Working Group in Ancient Philosophy. In addition, in recent years, a number of distinguished ancient philosophy specialists have visited at Yale for longer periods ranging from one week to a semester. Yale is also home to the Yale-King’s College London Plato Republic seminar, which takes place annually, over five days, and rotates between London and Yale.

The Classics and Philosophy PhD Program is a joint program, offered by the Departments of Philosophy and Classics at Yale, for students wishing to pursue graduate study in ancient philosophy. Suitably qualified students may apply for entry to the Program either through Philosophy, for the Philosophy Track of the Program, or through Classics, for the Classics Track of the Program. Details of the program may be found here.

Advanced seminars in ancient philosophy, suitable for graduate students, are a regular feature of the graduate programs in Philosophy and Classics. In particular, at least once per year, seminars are held which centre on discussion of the work of an ancient philosopher read in the original language; such seminars are designed as a focal point for graduates working on ancient philosophy, whatever their stage in the program.

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